Floyd Mayweather Jr. Repeats Over Maidana
This time around, boxing’s number one pound for pound fighter left no doubt.
After getting a majority decision scare in their first encounter last May, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0 with 26 knockouts) cruised to a 12-round unanimous decision win over Argentine challenger Marcos Maidana (35-5 with 31 knockouts) in their rematch before some 16,144 fans on Saturday at the MGM Grand Arena is Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather controlled the match right from the opening bell by dictating the tempo with his usual master boxing skills. If he had problems with Maidana’s aggression in the first fight, that became a thing of the past. The 37-year old Mayweather walked away with a guaranteed $32M with the scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112.
But although the scores looked close, the bout wasn’t.
Stayed away from the ropes
Maidana tried to cut off the ring in the first four rounds of the bout, hoping to duplicate the way he fought last May and trap Mayweather in the ropes. And although he cornered the champ on several occasions in the first four rounds, it was because Mayweather chose to. The world’s highest paid athlete circled around his flat footed foe and danced his way out of trouble and was able to frustrate the hard hitting Maidana by countering him each time he attempted to rumble.
“I think the difference was I didn’t stay on the ropes and I did a lot of movement by turning.” said Mayweather. ” He’s a tough competitor. I do have some bumps and bruises but I listened to my dad [trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.], who always says hit and don’t get hit and that’s how you last in this sport.”
Bite fight 2?
A bizarre event occurred in round 8 when the fight was halted by referee Kenny Bayless after Mayweather complained that Maidana bit his fingers. The fighters wrestled when Maidana leaned his head towards Mayweather who seemingly caught his opponent’s face in a headlock. “He bit me.” complained Mayweather. He went on to go to the media side of the ring after the round to say that Maidana bit him. Mayweather later said that the fingers on his left hand went numb after round 8.
Maidana denied the allegations, although replays would show he appeared to take a bite of Mayweather’s gloves. But that did not matter as Mayweather was way ahead of the fight when it happened. The incident never changed the complexion of the fight.
Compubox had Mayweather landing 166 of 326 punches while Maidana scored on 128 of 572 shots. It was a far cry from the 221 punches which the Argentine landed on Mayweather during their first fight.
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